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From Mrs. Martin to her brother Isidore Guérin CF 18 – 22 April 1866.

GUERIN Zélie, Mrs. Louis Martin
GUERIN Isidore


Letter from Mrs. Martin to her brother Isidore CF 18
22 April 1866.
Today, I learned from Mr. Vital Romet, to whom you announced it, of your determination for the Lisieux pharmacy [of Mr. Fournet]. I didn't write to you on Thursday, because I was very embarrassed about what I could have told you. I didn't want to advise you, not knowing enough about it. On the other hand, I would not have wanted to divert you from it. I handed it over to the will and grace of God. Now everything is concluded and, good or bad, you don't have to worry about the case any more, it won't help you.
I pity you, my poor friend, you are about to enter real life which will be full of misery, care and work. It is really necessary to have courage and patience, because you have not finished toiling; you will work as much as the Trappists and the reward will be much less. I assure you that I had a heavy heart all day thinking of you. I would like to see you happy and it seems to me that it is not about to happen. If you can only have the chance to meet a woman like I want you, she would make you happy, but they are very rare and I don't know any, only the good Lord can get his hands on them. , to give it to you.
I was very surprised that you did not warn our sister in Le Mans, I thought you had more faith, I would have thought that you would have recommended yourself to her prayers for something like that, on which depends your coming. I wrote to her on Thursday asking her to pray for you, and I told her that you were about to buy a pharmacy. Poor Elise had written to me a fortnight ago asking for your news, complaining that she hadn't received any directly.
I see nothing more to add; I don't have a very happy heart, so I don't feel the courage to talk about others and have fun laughing.

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